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North Korea declares its rocket launch a success

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2012

A missile is displayed during a militaryNorth Korea launched a long-range rocket Wednesday morning despite international opposition and growing tensions in the region. Pyongyang claimed the Unha-3 rocket successfully delivered a scientific satellite into orbit.

Seoul has strongly condemned the launch as a violation of UN resolutions, with the South Korean president calling for an emergency meeting over the issue. The launch was confirmed by officials at the South Korean Defense Ministry and its Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Shortly after liftoff, the Aegis radar system in the Yellow Sea detected the move,” a senior South Korean military official said, Yonhap news agency reports.

North Korea said the Unha-3 rocket delivered a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite into orbit as planned.

“The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket Unha-3 on Wednesday,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “The satellite entered its preset orbit.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported that the North Korean missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, which would fall in line with Pyongyang’s claims about the nature of the launch.

However critics believe this could be a ballistic missile test, which the UN has banned North Korea from conducting. The UN Security Council is to gather for an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the developments.

The debris of the rocket fell into waters off the Philippines at 10:05 a.m. local time after passing over Okinawa, the Japanese government said, according to Yonhap. An official in Seoul told the news agency that the first stage of the North Korean rocket fell in the Yellow Sea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama South Korea Visit: President Tours Tense Border Between South Korea And North Korea

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2012


I never think that the whole world is in my hand. Better I will try to know myself and only then I can make other happy. Without being myself how can other make happy? I can give others the same thing whatever I have:

SEOUL, South Korea — Warning North Korea from its doorstep, President Barack Obama said Pyongyang risks deepening its isolation in the international community if it proceeds with a planned long-range rocket launch.

“North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations,” Obama said during a news conference Sunday in Seoul, South Korea, where he was to attend a nuclear security summit.

Obama spoke fresh off his first visit to the tense Demilitarized Zone, the heavily patrolled no-man’s land between North and South Korea, where he peered long and hard at the isolated North.

“It’s like you’re in a time warp,” Obama said. “It’s like you’re looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 years or 50 years of progress.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Korea Reunification Would Spell Trouble For Seoul

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world’s most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

And while Kim Jong Il’s death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

Any North Korean collapse and hurried reunification, analysts say, could spell the end of Pyongyang’s ruling class while flooding Seoul with refugees and causing huge financial burdens – perhaps trillions of dollars – for South Koreans who have only recently gotten used to their country’s emergence as a rising Asian power.

Korea observers aren’t predicting such a collapse or the kind of “big bang” reunification that happened in Germany, which saw the overnight fall of the communist side and its swift absorption into its Western neighbor. The new North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il’s son Kim Jong Un, is fast consolidating power, winning key backing from the government and military.

Still, the extraordinary changes in North Korea following the Dec. 17 death of the man whose iron rule lasted 17 years have stirred up dreams of a single Korea among some in the South. And not just in those with memories of life before the country was divided into U.S.- and Soviet-occupied zones in 1945.

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North Korea: South Korean ‘Puppet Group’ Should Not Expect Any Change

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 31, 2011

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Saturday that Kim Jong Un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further strengthening his authority after the death of his father, longtime North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

 

Officials and state media have bestowed on Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s, a string of titles as North Korea’s elite rally around him in the wake of his father’s death this month after 17 years in power.

 

But the title Supreme Commander – and its formal proclamation by the powerful Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party – is a clear sign that Kim Jong Un is fast consolidating power over North Korea. It’s also the latest step in a burgeoning personality cult around him.

 

Kim Jong Un’s age and inexperience have raised questions outside North Korea about his leadership of a nation engaged in delicate negotiations over its nuclear program and grappling with decades of economic hardship and chronic food shortages.

 

But the North has moved quickly to show the world a unified face.

 

Kim Jong Un should be “the only center of unity, cohesion and leadership” of the Workers’ Party, North Korea’s state media said, and the 1.2 million-strong military should uphold the “songun,” or military-first, politics laid down by Kim Jong Il.

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Kim Jung-who? Ten facts – or rumors – about North Korea’s new leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Kim Jong-Un (AFP Photo / KCNA VIA KNS)

With the youngest son of the late “Supreme Leader” of North Korea set to take the reins of the world’s most secretive state, little is known about a man who has been described as an out-of-shape heavy drinker who is the spitting image of his father.

1. No one knows exactly how old Kim Jung-un is, though North Korean officials give his official birth date as January 8, 1984.

2.  Prior to 2010, only one grainy black-and-white photograph of the younger Kim existed outside North Korea.

3.  He is believed to have attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under an assumed name.

4.  Classmates said he was an avid lover of skiing, basketball and James Bond.

5.  According to an anonymous high-ranking North Korean source, once Kim got older and put on weight, he started playing 15-ball pool instead of basketball, the Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Information Service reports.

“The game of pool has become increasingly popular among North Koreans in the past five years, in large part thanks to Kim Jung-un being an avid player. He even installed four Chinese brand-name pool tables in his grand mansion,” the source said.   Read the rest of this entry »

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North Korea, South Korea End Defense Talks Without Progress

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 9, 2011


Please do not listen to others, just listen within you. Only then you will have solution.
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South Korea: North Korea Defense Talks Proposal Accepted

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 21, 2011


This could be the first Internatio­nal good news of this decade. You wanted to be the first of the decade? Anyway, well done Korean friends. Think yourself and do not turn your head towards them.
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North Korea: Unconditional Talks With South Needed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2011


Good sign in New Year.
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North Korea: War Would Bring ‘Nuclear Holocaust’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2011


Korea, better to unite rather than to have war. Think by yourself.
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North Korea War Threats Resume

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 23, 2010


Do not push this region into war. No war, no war.
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UN Fails To Take Action On Korea Tensions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2010


What does this mean? Why these powerful countries do not think about the wonderful world?
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South Korea War Drills To Continue Despite North Korea Threats

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2010


Not good news of the day. Why world leaders doing business through war?
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North Korea: South Korea Warned To Stop Drills

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010


Why two Korean countries could not unite like two German countries?
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International Criminal Court: North Korea Under Investigation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2010


Creates another Internatio­nal tension.
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US, Japan Begin War Games; China Denounces Drills

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2010


This is another unpleasant news of the day
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